Thursday, July 31, 2003

Liberty & Power 

New Group Blog on HNN: Liberty & Power. Among the bloggers: David T. Beito, Ivan Eland, David M. Hart, Thomas Fleming, Jeffrey Rogers Hummel.

Government Is Guns 

Thoreau did it. And now Priscilla Adams. She has refused to pay her federal taxes and owes the government more than $42,000.

Nationally an estimated 8,000 Americans avoid paying some or all of their federal income taxes because of their political beliefs, often because they oppose military spending, according to the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee.

Thoreau really captured the inner contradiction of taxation in the name of security and liberty:

"When I have not paid the tax which the state demanded for that protection which I did not want, itself has robbed me; when I have asserted the liberty it presumed to declare, itself has imprisoned me."

Taxation and war go together. "Government," as Rose Wilder Lane wrote, "is guns."

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